Early in December I decided to slow down and have A Relaxed Christmas. I decided not to stress myself out about buying presents. I decided my house didn’t need to be decorated all at once. I decided to say no to a few of the many activities on our calendar and yes to more meaningful time with my family.
So how are things going?
Well … I’m not sure.
I haven’t been as stressed about shopping. I’ve shopped a little here and there and actually had a fun time doing it. I’m about halfway done and still have a few weeks. That’s not bad!
But I haven’t wrapped a single present. Not one. That’s not good …
I haven’t stressed over decorating my house. We cut down and decorated our Christmas tree last weekend, and it’s lovely! That’s good!
However, other than that and a few other small spots in the house, we haven’t decorated much. If doesn’t feel festive in the house at all. That’s not good …
We did cut back on a few activities, and we have really enjoyed the family outings we’ve chosen to do. That’s all good! No bad there!
Overall I’ve been much less stressed out over things things year, but I’ve also gotten less done. I haven’t sent any Christmas cards. We have no lights on our house. I haven’t hung stockings yet, and the very thought of all.those.presents that need to be wrapped… YIKES!
So I’m very mixed up about my idea of A Relaxed Christmas.
Is it good to scale back? Or is it just a little lazy? Or maybe I scaled back too far?
I know I still have time, and I know on the big day we’ll all be happy with what Santa brings, with a big meal, and with just being together, but I wonder if letting some of the hoopla go hasn’t resulted in less of the holiday cheer and festivity I normally feel.
What do you think? Is the hoopla part of the fun? Can you scale back and still enjoy yourself? Or do you enjoy the hoopla, too?